Jona Gunn says the corner of Smith Street and Gertrude Street in Fitzroy is “probably the best corner in Melbourne.” It’s a big call.

But when it opens at 6.30am, it’s a spot from which to catch a pretty amazing sunrise through the east-facing windows that run from floor to ceiling. At that time of day, it helps that Burnside pours a supreme cup of coffee, too.

New cafe Burnside, from co-owners Chris Handley, Sean Albers and Jona Gunn (with a collective resume spanning Cheerio, Brother Bada Budan and Seven Seeds), occupies the site that was formerly Doctor Java Organic Coffee.

It may be small, but it’s no hole in the wall. The shop lends itself to the casual culture of counter coffee. It services the daily foot traffic in need of a quick grab-and-go, or a lunch-break sit in.

Burnside has a simple menu of muesli and pastries (easy to prepare in a tiny kitchen) that are easy to take away, but there’s also wooden bench seating and low stools and tables (handmade by Gunn) if you have a bit more time and don’t mind eating a sandwich over your lap. There’ll be curb-side seating coming soon, too.

87 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Mon to Fri 6:30am – 4pm
Sat 8am – 4pm